Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: June 26, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating find the perfect new apartment to move into.  Before all the stress of actually moving starts.

What are you celebrating?



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Express Yourself: June 8 to June 12, 2015


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: You have 30 seconds to change your name, what is it?

This is easy, I would change my name to Gabriela Angel Dwyer.



Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! June 22, 2015



Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, RSW is being hosted by Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and of course,  Jamie Morrow which is how I found it.

This week's check up is looking a little better.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

I got some writing done, I did not hit my goal of 1500 words but I did get a couple hundred in.  Sadly June is such a crazy month that it makes it hard to sit down and write.

I did get a slight start on purging my books, or I read a book and decided that I didn't want to keep it. Then decided I needed a second set of hands if I was going to make any actual progress on purging anything in my house to move.

I have drank a lot more water and feel better for it but still have migraines most days.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:


  • Write through the pain and hit at least 1000 words for the week or an hour a day.
  • Find orange-ish brown fur for fox tails so that it's not eating away at my mind and keeping me from focusing.
  • Clean up a short story that I found when I was organizing to move.

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

What I wrote this week was: hectic.

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

Finding a way to write through my headaches.

5.  Something I love about my WiP:

That I am finally making the time to work on it.




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Express Yourself: June 17, 2015


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: Pick one of your 5 senses you find the most important to you.

Okay, so this is actually the topic from the beginning of the month but I am like always behind and I like it so I am posting it now.

I think that touch is probably the most important sense to me.  With all the sewing and crocheting and other crafting that I do I always have my hands on some sort of fabric or yarn or something and that tactile sensation is very important to me.  Not to mention all the typing and writing I do.









Currently: June 17, 2015

 Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Not being sick.  I felt so lousy last week that just not feeling like that is really making my week this week. :)

Reading...

I had started reading War and Peace way back in January for The Pop Sugar Reading Challenge and it had hit a slump but now I have switched to listening to it on Audible while I am on the stair climber and we are back in action.  

Watching...

They put Season Two of Agents of Shield on Netflix so I am trying to binge watch that.  :)

Listening To...




I have gone on a Brittney Spears binge lately. 

Thinking About...

Moving.  I don't have an exact date but I do have a place so I have to have a honest go at downsizing all my stuff to fit into a slightly smaller apartment....I want to cry now. 

Anticipating...

Moving.  The kids will have their own rooms and they are really excited.

Wishing... 

That I had Samantha's power's from Bewitched, just to deal with the whole moving thing. ;)

Making Me Happy...

That summer sunshine.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ready Set Write! June 16, 2015



So this should have been up yesterday but I was super busy.

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, RSW is being hosted by Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and of course,  Jamie Morrow which is how I found it.

1.  How I did on last week’s goals:

Recovering from being sick last week really threw me off my game but I did pull off some progress, so I am ok with that.  As long as I am moving forward.  I only hit 200 words on my WIP but I am happy with them so I am not going to beat myself up over it.  

I got in one work out so that was good given that I felt like I was going to die for most of the week.  Everything else pretty much fell out of my hands with the being sick.

2.  My goal(s) for this week:


  • Get 1500 words on my WIP.
  • Start purging my books
  • drink more water

3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

the hustle and bustle of the nurses in the halls

4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write):

Being sick and not being able to do anything. :(

5.  Something I love about my WiP:

I love my characters they are really awesome and getting their voices out of my head makes me happy. 




Tuesday, June 9, 2015

100 Days of Being Geek Chic and Healthy: Day 2


Day 2: If your personality was an outfit what would it look like?
       

My Personality outfit


Crop top
12 CAD - amazon.com


Black tutu
97 CAD - etsy.com


Vans pink shoes
69 CAD - ambushboardco.com


White purse
49 CAD - dollskill.com



I have the personality of a hyperactive 5 year old.  Also, I have to buy all these things now.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Ready, Set, Write: June 8, 2015



Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, RSW is being hosted by Alison MillerKaty UppermanErin FunkElodie Nowodazkij, and of course,  Jamie Morrow which is how I found it.

Today is goal setting day!  Yay!  So here are my goals for this summer:

1) Crank out 1500 words a week on my current WIP.

2) Finish off that side project I am working on so that it's not distracting me.

3) Get up early and work out 3 times a week.

4) Get my review posts up on my blog in a timely manner.

Starting next Monday I will be updating you guys every week on my progress every week. Which will follow the headlines below:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals
2.  My goal(s) for this week
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)
5.  Something I love about my WiP

I am super excited by this idea, I need the push to MAKE the time to write more.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Gatekeeper's Trilogy Promo and Giveaway

Readers are calling this series, "Amazing," "Addicting," and "One of the best modern retelling of ancient myth." Kirkus Reviews wrote that it's "sure to thrill Hunger Games fans," and Midwest Book Reviews calls it "a powerful young adult fantasy."

A teen becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when one of them, Thanatos, the god of death, wants his chance at love. He makes a deal with his father, Hades, but not all the gods want him to succeed.

GatekeeperBoxPart paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows Therese's adventures as she struggles to overcome the challenges the gods dish her in her quest to become like them.

For one week only, from June 7th to June 13th, the digital box set of The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, usually $5.98, can be downloaded from any ebook retailer for 99 cents!

That's three full-length novels, a total of 230,564 words, for less than a buck!

The Gatekeeper's Trilogy Promo

Here are the download links:

Kindle   Nook   iBooks   Google Play   Kobo   Smashwords

To celebrate this one-week sale, Eva Pohler Books is also giving one lucky winner a $40 gift certificate of his or her choice, plus a signed paperback set of the trilogy. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

This series was initially written as a trilogy and can end with the third book, or you can keeping reading through all six. This box set includes the first three books. If you want to keep reading, come back here to follow Therese's adventures as she strives to become a goddess in the ancient Greek pantheon.

You can find the other three books in the series here:

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Kindle    Nook

iBooks   Google Play

Smashwords  Kobo



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iBooks   Google Play

Smashwords  Kobo



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iBooks   Google Play

Smashwords  Kobo



After you download your copy of The Gatekeeper's Trilogy, be sure to enter this international rafflecopter giveaway, which ends at midnight on June 13th. You can enter daily! Then be sure to come back to this page to find out if you won and to get the other three books in the saga!

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Today's List: June 7, 2015

I'd Hate Waking Up Inside These Books:


  • Misery - Stephen King

  • Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews

  • Soul of The Fire - Terry Goodkind 

  • A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

  • Pet Cemetery - Stephen King

Now don't get me wrong, some of these books I really, really love.  I just don't want to wake up one day (or every day) fearing for my life.  

As a side note, making lists is fun.  It reminds me how much I love stuff.  LOVE ALL THE THINGS!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: June 5, 2015



Celebrate the Small Things is hosted by Lexa Cain along with wonderful co- hosts Writing Off The Edge and The Cyborg Mom.

This week I am celebrating getting to spend some quality time relaxing with Mike, it's not a big thing but we definitely were in need of some downtime alone with each other.

I also made a huge dent in getting my darling Cat to downsize her belongings to a manageable amount, right before she got an influx of birthday presents.  She did get more organized though and has been really good all week about taking out one thing at a time and putting it back when she was done.  Fingers crossed that lasts.

What are you celebrating this week?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dinosaur Party

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jurassic world birthday party supplies

What better way to celebrate the sequel to Jurassic Park on June 12th than with a Brachiosaurus-sized bash?! Fossilize the fun with the Birthday Express Jurassic World party supplies! Birthday Express has everything you'll need to create an adventure to remember. 


Forget about the kids...I want this party! Sucks that my birthday was months ago.  Dinosaur themed bridal shower maybe? 

Jurassic World Party Decor - Welcome to the jungle! Decorate your party space with faux trees made out of cardboard, foliage made out of construction paper, rocks, and even dirt if you're feeling adventurous! Or, better yet, have the party outside! You could even make dinosaur "eggs" using styrofoam and paint. Birthday Express also has a dino-mite selection of party decorations, including Jurassic World glider planes, table covers and table decorating kits, hanging swirls, balloons, and even a roaringly fun birthday banner
Jurassic World Food/Drink - Keep the herbivore's, carnivore's, and omnivore's happy by offering an array of good eats for your guests. Consider a delectable veggie tray filled to the brim with a variety of greens, including sliced cucumbers, broccoli, celery, and green beans. For the meat-eating species, you could serve deviled eggs and grill up some chicken or turkey legs. 

For dessert, you could make a delicious "dirt" cake, "fossilized" cookies, or serve cupcakes with candy eggs on top. And your guests are sure to love eating with their favorite dinosaurs, so be sure to get the Birthday Express Jurassic World snack party pack, which includes napkins, plates, cups, forks, and spoons. For drinks, you could make a big pitcher of mint or cucumber-infused water and label it "swamp water," or "the watering hole." 

dinosaur party supplies

Jurassic World Activities - Fun party activities include sending the party-goers on a scavenger hunt to find an assortment of things that you've hidden, such as those styrofoam eggs and the items included in the Jurassic World favor box. And after the scavenger hunt, you could get the crowd roaring with the Jurassic World Pinata Kit

Not sure Jurassic World is the perfect party theme for your child? Check out BirthdayExpress.com - with hundreds of themes to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect one!

I'm Dreaming About... Review





Want your kids to learn about dreams?

This is Bella. Bella is a six-year-old cat. She likes to dream. She dreams about sailing, traveling, and more.

Come join Bella and his dreams with this fun and informative, colorful e-book.
This beginner reader’s e-book will inspire young ones to learn about cats and dreams while hearing or reading an engaging story.

Children will enjoy full-color illustrations of Bella and his dreams.

Young readers will:

1. Learn facts about dreams
2. Be curious and ask questions
3. Tell you about their dreams
4. Enjoy a book about cats

This is a sweet children's book written primarily for children ages four to eight years old. Targeting beginner readers, the book contains simple text and colorful illustrations. Each page also includes educational information about dreams.The story is suitable to be read out loud to preschoolers or as a self-read book for beginner readers.

Bonus: Black and white images to print out and color.

Parents: At the end of the book, it asks, "What is your dream?" Ask your child to tell you about his or her dream. Build a conversation around the topic to promote discussions about dreams.

Cat is obsessed with cats, they cover 85% of her clothing, she has a ton of stuffed ones and she adores the two in her life.  So it is only natural that a book about a cat strikes her fancy.

Did we enjoy reading the book together?  Most definitely.  Did she want to chat about dreams afterwards?  Not really, but she's not a chatty child unless it directly involves her.

The pictures are cute and the story is great, two thumbs up from us.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Throwback Thursday: June 4, 2015


This is an old picture of me and one of my best friends.  It's such a great picture, it makes me happy to look back at it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Currently: June 3, 2015

 Currently....

{I read Jamie Morrow's Currently every week and I always want to hop on board because it seems like such a fun way to keep you guys updated on the stuff going on in my life so here I am.}

Loving...

Spring, long walks, pen pal letters. Having a chance to write for a change, even if it is only a few words at a time.

Reading...

All the books...I got addicted to the Ava Delaney series by Claire Farrell and read through the six books in the original series in just over a week.  I look forward to starting the next series (and all the rest of Claire's books) as soon as I finish all the stuff on my to review pile.

Watching...

Mostly right now I am watching stuff that I won't really focus on while I craft, so a lot of 2 Broke Girls and Anger Management.

Listening To...

Random playlists on Google Play Music because I got bored of all my music.

Thinking About...

My good friend and I decided to collaborate on a children's book and I sent him the first half on the written work for him to illustrate and I am very anxious that he is going to tell me that it sucks.

Anticipating...

I am participating in a Love Your Inner Geek Swap this month and I am really excited for it.

Wishing... 

For more confidence in my writing.

Making Me Happy...

Happy mail!  Instagram, and beautiful weather.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Map Of Heaven Review


What would you do if you had one week to live and a lifetime of unrealized dreams to fulfill?

After a series of blinding headaches sends thirty-four-year-old Elizabeth to the hospital, she receives news of an inoperable tumor. Defying doctor’s orders, she heads to Paris in search of a different form of healing and one last chance to experience the life she locked away in a room of her paintings.

In Paris, Elizabeth’s days are spent  in a budding romance with a doctor escaping his own demons, while her nights are inundated with surreal dreams. In these dreams, she navigates a labyrinth and confronts pivotal moments from her past. Upon waking, she receives mysterious notes hinting that her life may be saved if she could only find the map of Heaven described to her as a child.

During her nocturnal journeys through the endless labyrinth, Elizabeth meets an astronomer searching for forgiveness, an artist searching for immortality, and a mother searching for revenge. As her dreams progress, she travels back in time to a small Midwestern town, follows a Parisian tunnel down to the depths of Hell, and eventually reaches a sandy beach offering a possible glimpse of Heaven.

In a cruel twist, for her life to be spared, Elizabeth is required to give up everything that has brought her so much joy, including the man she loves.

Which will she choose? A return to her old life or a chance to grasp the meaning of life?

This was a hard book to read, it's really difficult subject matter.  Elizabeth is faced with an a devastating diagnosis and must face how she has lived her life and what little time she has left...it's heart-breaking. 

The whole question of what would you do when faced with those decisions is a tough one and one that hit very close to home for me which was what made it difficult for me to read.  (and hard to review)

It's also set up to be a really great story and it is in a lot of ways, it just wasn't my sort of thing.  I found the whole overall sentiment of the book to be beautiful and touching though.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

100 Days of Being Geek Chic and Healthy: Day 1


Here we are on Day 1.  Introductions and pictures of myself are my two least favourite things.  I actually hate talking about myself, it makes me feel sick to my stomach and is one of the reasons I avoid unnecessary socializing.

Day 1: Introduction to Yourself

      Include a picture of yourself



This is one of my favourite none Cosplay pictures of myself, not many of those exist.

Name: Melissa Ann

Age: 34

Blog: Well, you all are reading this on my blog so I will just put the links for my other social networks here.

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Youtube

My YouTube Channel is kind of lame right now but it is going to get more interesting.

What made you interested in this project? Being forced to write about myself and what interests me, I like that.

What do you geek about? 

What don't I geek about is the better question.  My big (and consistent) loves are Doctor Who, My Little Pony, Cosplay, reading, Star Wars, books, Marvel. Joss Whedon, and all the other things!

Be sure to check out the Google Community.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ready. Set. WRITE!

If you have been around here for any length of time then you know that I have a WIP (or twelve) that I am lovingly procrastinating writing.  I will make really great progress on it every once and a while but then I hit a snag (usually my own perfectionism) and I don't touch the keyboard for months.

Well I am DYING to finish it and move on with my life and Jamie Morrow has provided me with just the right nudge in that direction with Ready. Set. WRITE! which starts on June 8.



Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, or revising. This year, RSW is being hosted by Alison Miller, Katy Upperman, Erin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, and of course,  Jamie Morrow which is how I found it.

On June 8, you post your initial goal setting post and then there will be weekly RSW check-in posts on Mondays. Which will follow the headlines below:

1.  How I did on last week’s goals
2.  My goal(s) for this week
3.  A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
4.  The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)
5.  Something I love about my WiP

I am super excited by this idea, I need the push to MAKE the time to write more.